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Old 11-29-2010, 09:02 PM   #1
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We just purchased a new to us 1978 Argosy 24 motorhome.
Would like some information on where to get parts and supplies for our restoration. We are considering a deisel motor. Any info would be hlelpful. Thanks, Elaine
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Old 11-29-2010, 10:41 PM   #2
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Welcome Elaine!

You've come to the right place.. more info than you ever thought possible. I assume you purchased the Argosy with a 454 chevy engine and now your thinking about a diesel conversion? It might have been easier to start out with the diesel to begin with as the conversion might get pricey... any pictures of your new toy?

Stay tuned.. folks will jump in with all kinds of ideas and congrats!

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Old 11-30-2010, 07:05 AM   #3
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Two good sources of parts are:


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Old 11-30-2010, 07:36 AM   #4
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Welcome to the forums Elaine & Co.!

Another good source of parts is Vintage Trailer Supply: Vintage Trailer Supply - Vintage travel trailer parts and supplies!.

Have you considered replacing the engine with another gas engine of the same size? That would be a more direct bolt-in replacement. Granted, lots of bolts, but easier and cheaper that switching to diesel. If you switch to diesel, in addition to the engine, you'll need to replace the entire fuel system. And if you change from a normally aspirated engine to a turbo-charged engine, then you need to deal with any vacuum driven items and provide a new source of vacuum. I have no idea how you would do that part, but there must be something out there that would work. One last question I can think of - will your transmission work with a diesel? As in will it bolt up to the engine ok, and does it need a source of manifold vacuum to help it know when to shift gears? I'm assuming it's an automatic transmission.

I'm not trying to discourage you, just provide a few things to think about. Can you do it? Sure - pretty much anything is possible if you throw enough money at it. Is it worth it? That's something only you can decide. No matter what you decide to do - welcome again and good luck!

And pictures are always nice!

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